UPDATE: Food Trucks Show Support for Kids in South Lake Union

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Last month food trucks in South Lake Union set out to raise money in an effort to initiate the development of the only kids’ after-school program in the area. We are happy to report that the generous food-truck-loving customers in the area took the initiative far beyond the original humble goal of $500, raising $1,040 in just three weeks time.  Meal by meal customers donated extra change up to $20 to the cause. Many of the contributors, employed in South Lake Union but reside in other Seattle neighborhoods, wanted to participate of the movement and assist in strengthen the growing community.

Ignited by Jessica Hovater of The Hot Dog Kind, she told the South Lake Union Community Council, “When the community feels they have invested in their environment they are more willing to take care of their neighborhood long term…. It’s people investing in people. We’re investing in each other.” It’s great to see such success surround a great program that will only enhance the developing community.

 

 

Participating South Lake Union Food Trucks: 

The Hot Dog King

Open: M-F (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Location: Corner of Westlake and Harrison (next to Firestone)

 

Now Make Me A Sandwich

Open: Mon., Wed., Fri., (11 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.)

Location: Corner of Terry and Thomas Streets

 

Caravan Crepes

Open: Fri. (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Location: Corner of Westlake and Harrison (in front of Aveda)

 

Buddha Bruddah

Open: Mon., Tues., Thurs. (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Location: Monday & Friday: Corner of Westlake and Harrison

Tuesday & Thursday: 219 Terry Ave. North

 

Lumpia World

Open: Tues. (11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)

Location: Corner of Westlake and Harrison

Food Trucks Show for Support for Kids in South Lake Union

Seattle Food Trucks are banding together with parents of the neighboring Cascade and South Lake Union communities to support the implementation of a much-needed after-school education program for children – something neither of the growing neighborhoods currently offer. During the month of February, customers who visit participating food trucks can contribute to the SLU-Cascade Youth Enrichment Program.

As South Lake Union continues its rapid development with big hitters like Amazon and Facebook moving in, it’s important that community enrichment programs aren’t overlooked. That’s when mother and owner of The Hot Dog King, Jessica Hovater step up to the plate and began dishing out support in hopes of funding an educational program for children.  “This is our neighborhood,” Hovater told the South Lake Union Community Council, “We’ve watched the first Amazon buildings go up. We’ve watched the neighborhood grow. It’s important for us as a community to help fill the gaps and participate in the growth of our city.”

With the support of the local food trunk community, Hovater presented the idea to the South Lake Union Community Council, and was met with unyielding support, receiving full endorsement for the February project. The backed SLU-Cascade Youth Enrichment Program, will offer healthy meals, educational books, homework help, and activities through the Y at Cascade People’s Center.

With a goal of only $500, donations will allow the program to qualify for matching grants from programs such as The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF), a program that backs community-driven projects that strengthen their own neighborhoods.

If you are interested in showing your support for the SLU-Cascade Youth Enrichment Program, head down to a participating food truck, grab some grub and make a contribution to your community.

Participating South Lake Union Food Trucks: 

The Hot Dog King

Open: M-F (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Location: Corner of Westlake and Harrison (next to Firestone)

 

Now Make Me A Sandwich

Open: Mon., Wed., Fri., (11 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.)

Location: Corner of Terry and Thomas Streets

 

Caravan Crepes

Open: Fri. (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Location: Corner of Westlake and Harrison (in front of Aveda)

 

Buddha Bruddah

Open: Mon., Tues., Thurs. (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Location: Monday & Friday: Corner of Westlake and Harrison

Tuesday & Thursday: 219 Terry Ave. North

 

Lumpia World

Open: Tues. (11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)

Location: Corner of Westlake and Harrison

Update On Construction Impacts and Solutions In SLU

Just as the lane configurations on Mercer Street seem to change daily, the Seattle Department of Transportation is constantly reevaluating what can be done to reduce gridlock for drivers and headaches for pedestrians in South Lake Union and Lower Queen Anne, an area experiencing unprecedented growth. After implementing several changes this fall, SDOT continues to facilitate communication among construction companies and community members as part of its Construction Hub Coordination Program.

Anyone who has spent time sitting in their car on Mercer Street, watching traffic lights cycle through green and back to red without moving an inch, knows that improving traffic flow on the main thoroughfare is a high priority for the neighborhood. With input from the South Lake Union Community Council, SDOT has made the following changes:

  • Traffic signal at 5th Avenue North and Mercer Street has been reconfigured to allow flow of both eastbound and westbound traffic simultaneously.
  • Revised signal at Queen Anne Ave. North and Roy Street to prevent vehicles from blocking the crosswalk.
  • Left-turn-signal time extended at Fairview Avenue North and Mercer Street.
  • Rapid Ride D Line bus given priority signal.
  • New signal timing for special events at Seattle Center.
  • Facilitated coordination between construction companies to ensure that sidewalks aren’t closed on both sides of any street, improving access for pedestrians.

While the Mercer corridor reconfiguration project is expected to be completed in mid 2015, construction in booming South Lake Union shows no signs of letting up, meaning your input will be as important as ever. Any questions or feedback can be submitted to the Construction Hub Coordination Program at SDOTConstructionHub@seattle.gov.

November SLU Community Council Meeting Tuesday, 11/4

Join the South Lake Union Community Council at MOHAI this Tuesday, November 4, for it’s monthly meeting covering neighborhood issues and events. This month’s meeting will feature presentations by the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and by the Department of Planning and Development regarding incentive zoning, plus updates on the Construction Hub Coordination Program, and discussion of upcoming meeting speakers Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw and Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole. Click here to see a full meeting agenda. The meeting runs from 4:00-6:00 p.m.